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How Painting Pictures With Words Helps the Blind To See

By Stephanie Ciccarelli

December 27, 2010

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Boy smiling with his eyes closedIf you are reading this, chances are you are seeing it with your eyes and running them from left to right, left to right... did that just create a mental picture for you?

While word painting is often associated with aural imagery, did you know that there are other ways that words can be painted?

Find out more in today's VOX Daily.

An Eyeopening Experience

Jana Jackson, a VOX Daily subscriber and Voices.com member, wrote to me a little while ago and shared something interesting with me that I hadn't thought about when going about my blogging activities.

Part of what Jana shared includes, "...I want to thank you SO much for adding descriptive text to images in Vox Daily and other articles on Voices.com. I am blind, and I find the brief descriptions to be fun and helpful!"

If Jana hadn't taken the time to send me this message, I likely would have kept on going tagging and describing the images I use only to get them ranking higher in the search engines. A moderate amount of traffic comes to Voices.com via VOX Daily because of image searches, and for the most part, I was only describing the images as a means to contribute more fully to our search engine optimization effort.

After I read Jana's note, I had a new reason and incentive for painting word pictures on the blog and via the Voices.com site.

Painting Words With Text

Whenever I crop an image and upload it to our server via my blogging platform, I take time to name the image, add keywords and a brief description of what the image consists of or represents. After choosing how I'd like to format and align an image, I upload it to the blog and the information I coded in appears alongside within the graphic, the data being essentially tied to it.

Similarly, you as voice talent are also able to paint words with your voices both artistically as performers and as vehicles to convey the rich words or choice vocabulary a writer may employ when crafting a piece of copy or penning a novel. Many voice over talent volunteer their time to read for the blind and develop an especial attention to nuance and detail when narrating or reading aloud.

Does What You Do Have Unanticipated Benefits?

Has anyone ever shared how what you do for them makes a positive impact in an unexpected way?

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes,


©iStockphoto.com/Martin Lladó

Related Topics: blind, blogging, imagery, Jana Jackson, painting, pictures, reading, SAG, sight, Voices.com, words


    I have been very enlightened by what I have read.I see much clearer now.when it became mystery concerning my baby brother losing his eyesight,and I couldn't save it. I began to and take pictures ,not for my brother but for everyone that could not see.before I knew it ,I wood take less pictures and began to paint pictures with words.I am now a creative writer and hope and that my writing can help the blind one day. All has come to me through my baby brother and the challenge I lost,to a higher power.

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    • pamela jones
    • June 9, 2011 9:10 PM

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